26 Things That Happen When You Date a Bookworm

Missed dates, postseries sob sessions, and long philosophical talks about fictional characters. If any of these things sound familiar to you, then you might be dating a bookworm — or maybe you're just addicted to reading yourself. Bookworms are unique individuals who are often oblivious to the surrounding real world (and sometimes their own relationships) because their minds are far off in a fictional world only found in their favorite stories. When they do manage to get their noses out of the pages, we hurry to make the most of our time with them before they dive back in yet again, but we love them still! Here are some things you encounter when dating a bookworm.

01
You understand references for books you've never even read.
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You understand references for books you've never even read.

02
Date nights mean dinner for three.
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Date nights mean dinner for three.

03
You grin and bear it while your significant other reads you lines out loud.
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You grin and bear it while your significant other reads you lines out loud.

04
Sometimes you are genuinely concerned about their grasp on reality.
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Sometimes you are genuinely concerned about their grasp on reality.

05
You have entire conversations without your partner actually processing anything.
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You have entire conversations without your partner actually processing anything.

06
You know what it feels like to have real competition.
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You know what it feels like to have real competition.

08
You don't question their chosen way of life.
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You don't question their chosen way of life.

09
You get the "books are the best" speech. A lot.
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You get the "books are the best" speech. A lot.

10
You find them in odd places at night, looking for light to read by.
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You find them in odd places at night, looking for light to read by.

11
Gift shopping for them is really, really easy.
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Gift shopping for them is really, really easy.

12
You know they secretly judge you for choosing to watch TV over reading.
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You know they secretly judge you for choosing to watch TV over reading.

OK, maybe not so secretly.

13
You get compared to fictional people and relationships.
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You get compared to fictional people and relationships.

And you also learned that "shipped" means pulling (very hard) for a specific fictional relationship.

15
Your house can be difficult to navigate due to an excess of books.
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Your house can be difficult to navigate due to an excess of books.

16
You worry about their safety when they're walking alone.
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You worry about their safety when they're walking alone.

Just not for the usual reasons . . .

17
Giving away the ending of a book is grounds for a breakup.
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Giving away the ending of a book is grounds for a breakup.

18
You're often forced to spend hours in bookstores.
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You're often forced to spend hours in bookstores.

HOURS.

19
You've been coerced into joining at least one book club.
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You've been coerced into joining at least one book club.

20
Your vacations together can get a bit lonely for you.
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Your vacations together can get a bit lonely for you.

21
You've comforted them about so many fictional deaths you've lost count.
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You've comforted them about so many fictional deaths you've lost count.

22
You have to sit with them while they lament all of the mistakes the movie version makes.
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You have to sit with them while they lament all of the mistakes the movie version makes.

So . . . many . . . mistakes.

23
You have legitimate arguments that start because you criticized a book or disagreed with an author.
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You have legitimate arguments that start because you criticized a book or disagreed with an author.

24
Friday night date plans are often forgotten if an intense plotline is unfolding.
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Friday night date plans are often forgotten if an intense plotline is unfolding.

25
You are in constant awe of their never-ending literary enthusiasm.
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You are in constant awe of their never-ending literary enthusiasm.

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And you ALWAYS have something interesting to talk (and debate) with them about.
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And you ALWAYS have something interesting to talk (and debate) with them about.